It’s here! Just a day after releasing first look images, Paramount and Spyglass Media Group have gifted us one of the most terrifying trailers of 2021. And boy, does this first trailer for Scream really terrify viewers. It has everything we need to see in this upcoming film and some stuff we didn’t know we needed. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are at the helm working from a script written by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick while Kevin Williamson is serving as executive producer.

The Scream trailer gifts off with one of the most classic scenes from the franchise. Tara (Jenna Ortega) is home alone when Ghostface shows up. Similar to Drew Barrymore‘s scene in the original Scream film, Ghostface wants to play a game and breaks into Tara’s home in the process. Now, of course, this is updated for 2021 with digital home locks that Tara can access from her phone, but that makes the whole scene more frightening. Just imagine being home alone and someone hacking into your lock system. It really makes you question if newer technology means you are safer than before.

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Sidney standing in front of Stu's house in the Scream (2022) trailer.

Sidney standing in front of her childhood home in the Scream (2022) trailer.

We also get a massive piece of information from the trailer. While the younger generation is meeting with Dewey (David Arquette), Sam (Melissa Barrera) informs everyone (and us) that these attacks from Ghostface are all on people related to the original killers. This means that this, as always, is personal. But what is left pretty open-ended is if by “original killers” they mean just Billy (Skeet Ulrich) and Stu (Matthew Lillard) or the killers from Scream 2, Scream 3 and Scream 4. Even so, we already know that Billy’s mom, Mrs. Loomis (Laurie Metcalf), is dead.

What I really enjoyed from this first trailer for Scream was getting to see Sidney (Neve Campbell), Gale (Courtney Cox) and Dewey back in action. Of course, Sidney owns a gun and I can’t blame Gale for never being ready to deal with Ghostface. But my absolute favorite moment is when Dewey is hitting the younger generation with some pretty helpful advice. “There are certain rules to surviving.” Such an excellent callback to Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy). If we don’t get some kind of repeat speech from the first movie, I will be a tad bit disappointed. It doesn’t have to be to Randy’s extent, but I would be happy with a toned-down version.

This newest installment is really looking like it will help the series come full circle in the end, with Ghostface targeting the family of the original killers, bringing everything back to Woodsboro and dragging Sidney home (literally) for one last scare. I have a really strong feeling that we are going to be seeing quite a few nostalgic places in this installment. I really can not wait for this to hit theaters. It has easily been one of my favorite horror franchises to date and I doubt anything is going to top it real soon.

Campbell, Cox Arquette, Richie and Ortega are joined by Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ammar, Jack Quaid and Mary Shelton.

Scream will hit theaters on January 14, 2022. We’ve linked the trailer below so you can enjoy it as well! Do you think this new installment will make Wes Craven proud? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!

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Julia Roth
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